Mini PCs, Ma­jor Growth

Mini PCs are fast emerg­ing as a vi­able so­lu­tions across dif­fer­ent do­mains

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Mini PCs are fast emerg­ing as a vi­able so­lu­tions across dif­fer­ent do­mains

As­tudy by IDC shows con­tin­u­ing de­mand for desk­top PCs de­spite the con­tin­u­ous shift to mini-PC’s, mo­bil­ity and the pro­lif­er­a­tion of por­ta­ble de­vices such as ul­tra slim note­books, con­vert­ibles, and tablets. The most im­por­tant fac­tors in the de­ci­sion to buy a desk­top PC are higher per­for­mance, bet­ter dura­bil­ity, longer life­span, and lower prices. Lower price and bet­ter re­silience def­i­nitely make desk­top the best choice for com­pa­nies that have lim­ited bud­gets and that re­quire so­lu­tions for non-mo­bile of­fice em­ploy­ees. On the other hand, desk­tops’ higher se­cu­rity will ben­e­fit busi­nesses that op­er­ate in in­dus­tries such as in­sur­ance, fi­nance, and bank­ing, as well as govern­ment agen­cies.

But now the era has changed and the trends has uni­formed. Even as the sales of global PCs mar­ket dip ev­ery quar­ter, there has been a slow and steady de­mand for mini PCs from or­gan­i­sa­tions who want to save space and of­fice ex­penses. Small form fac­tors and mini PCs are key to the fu­ture of client com­put­ing, with com­pa­nies in­creas­ingly look­ing at these de­vices. These smaller prod­ucts have be­come more pop­u­lar as com­pa­nies are in­creas­ingly look­ing to im­ple­ment so­lu­tions that will save desk space and en­ergy. Spe­cific in­dus­tries are also plan­ning to de­ploy mini PCs for dig­i­tal sig­nage tech­nol­ogy or In­ter­net kiosks, which con­tinue to gain pres­ence. In ad­di­tion, for com­pa­nies that want to up­grade or cus­tom­ize their PCs over time, the in­creas­ing avail­abil­ity of cus­tom­iz­a­ble mini PCs is likely to boost their adop­tion in the fu­ture.

Talk­ing about the area of de­mands from where the de­mand is mainly com­ing from in­sti­tu­tional users, though there is also a grow­ing craze among in­di­vid­ual users. There is a grow­ing de­mand mostly for us­ages such as PoS (Point of Sales) ter­mi­nals; labs at ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions; kiosk at malls , air­ports or other public places to give in­for­ma­tion; hos­pi­tals; thin client; HTPC (Home The­atre PC); dig­i­tal sig­nage; etc.

The mini –pc’s mar­ket opens up new pos­si­bil­i­ties for dig­i­tal sig­nage busi­nesses that re­quire a 4K dis­play so­lu­tion ca­pa­ble of de­liv­er­ing an ul­tra-re­al­is­tic, high def­i­ni­tion visual ex­pe­ri­ence. It can be utilised for var­i­ous com­mer­cial ap­pli­ca­tions, such as vend­ing ma­chines, fac­tory test­ing ma­chines, gam­ing equip­ment, se­cu­rity sys­tem, and bank ATM sys­tems, among oth­ers.

Also, it can func­tion as an ul­ti­mate graph­ics pow­er­house for play­ing the lat­est 3D games, for mul­ti­me­dia pro­duc­tion, video edit­ing, etc. The rea­sons for the de­mand are all about sav­ing space, power, space and ex­penses re­lated to IT hard­ware.

Many or­gan­i­sa­tions have been for long, us­ing a large num­ber of PC-re­lated hard­ware for man­ag­ing a large quan­tum of data. This re­quires mas­sive space for the hard­ware, lead­ing to huge ex­pen­di­ture for in­stal­la­tion and main­te­nance. Such or­ga­ni­za­tions are now seek­ing eas­ier-to-man­age op­tions like the mini PCs. Mini PCs can en­sure mas­sive sav­ings in space and of­fice ex­pen­di­ture.

“Su­nil Gre­wal, Di­rec­tor, Gi­ga­byte Tech­nol­ogy (In­dia) Pvt. Ltd. said, “The de­mand is there from sec­tors Bank­ing & Fi­nan­cial Ser­vices In­dus­try (BFSI), ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tu­tions, hos­pi­tals, de­part­men­tal stores, shop­ping malls, con­cerns us­ing PoS (Point of Sales) ter­mi­nals, and small of­fices, among oth­ers. For small of­fices, mini PCs can be of great value as it has low cost of op­er­a­tions. They can also make sav­ings on the man­power. And there are in­di­vid­ual users who are tech-savvy. The mini-PC gives them a sim­ple and af­ford­able op­tion to play PC games and to en­joy video and au­dio”.

It’s a bit early to pre­dict now. But it is def­i­nitely a grow­ing trend. We fore­see a sig­nif­i­cant growth in this seg­ment in the com­ing years. Cur­rently, most of our sales have come from the Delhi-NCR and Mum­bai re­gions” he added.

Ra­jshekhar Bhatt, County Man­ager, Elite­group Com­puter Sys­tems (ECS) shared his views and said, “We be­lieve that the con­cept of mini PC is a fast grow­ing trend within the In­dian tech-savvy com­mu­nity. Users who are at home, even at of­fice are look­ing for the most con­ve­nient way to en­joy video, mu­sic, gam­ing and busi­ness PC us­age. These needs are used to de­sign a de­vice to pro­vide the best pos­si­ble video and au­dio, en­sure ex­tremely ef­fi­cient power con­sump­tion, of­fer suf­fi­cient cool­ing, and main­tain low noise lev­els. Peo­ple want the truly en­ter­tain­ment and stylish look in small size with­out com­pro­mis­ing on per­for­mance for home and of­fice. I can proudly say that only LIVA can make it hap­pen”.

Now com­pa­nies are keen to fo­cus on mini pc mar­ket. As ECS has fo­cused on the mini sys­tem in re­cent years. Ac­cord­ing to the com­pany, since 2013, ECS LIVA mini PC se­ries has won lots of awards and re­ceived pos­i­tive feed­back from world­wide me­dia and cus­tomers. In short we have not stopped by de­sign­ing 1 or 2 mod­els in­fact a full se­ries of mini PC are avail­able from ECS for ev­ery price & per­for­mance seg­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to Ravi Pande, Sun Cor­po­ra­tion, Kan- pur, mar­ket is shift­ing from desk­top to mini-pc and also it has been seen that the growth of this mar­ket is tremen­dously boom­ing. “The era has changed and user wants to save space and cost. That has re­sult the mini-pc mar­ket is a new trend. We all can no­tice that the all around out there in in­ter­net cafes, Ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tutes, shop­ping malls, banks, hos­pi­tals and de­part­men­tal stores are adopt­ing the new trend of mini-pc and also part­ners also fo­cus­ing on this mar­ket where the de­mands of mini-pc is com­ing from”.

For the ECS per­spec­tive, in 2016, ECS and In­tel code­vel­oped a brand new form fac­tor so­lu­tion – a MINI STX mother­board into the DIY desk­top mar­ket. Its’ size is 29% smaller than MINI ITX, but keeps the hard­ware con­fig­u­ra­tion of a tra­di­tional DIY mother­board. The size of LIVA Pro with MINI STX mother­board is only 1.3 liters! Sup­port­ing In­tel’s lat­est Core i pro­ces­sors, and stan­dard LGA115x coolers and fea­tur­ing DDR4 SODIMMs up to 32GB! In ad­di­tion, it sup­ports USB 3.0 with the Type-C con­nec­tor, Wi-Fi and Blue­tooth wire­less con­nec­tiv­ity, dual dis­play out­puts via HDMI and Dis­play­Port, and 2.5” HDD/SSD. LIVA Pro brings great flex­i­bil­ity and per­for­mance into the mini PC mar­ket to sat­isfy more users’ re­quire­ments.

GI­GA­BYTE In­dia have also fo­cus­ing in the same and re­cently they has added to its ex­ist­ing num­ber of Au­tho­rized Col­lec­tion Cen­ters (ACCs) and Spe­cial Ser­vice Providers (SSPs). While ACCs are ba­si­cally GI­GA­BYTE part­ners, SSP cen­ters are manned by GI­GA­BYTE ser­vice per­son­nel who di­rectly in­ter­act with end-users.

Com­pany has GI­GA­BYTE ex­clu­sive ser­vice cen­tres in ma­jor cities, such as Mum­bai, New Delhi, Chennai, Kochi, Kolkata, and Ahmed­abad. These cen­tres are also re­gional ser­vice hubs for their re­spec­tive zones and are equipped with the lat­est re­pair equip­ment and soft­ware so­lu­tions to fa­cil­i­tate so­phis­ti­cated test­ing and trou­bleshoot­ing.

How­ever com­pa­nies are keep­ing ex­pand­ing the Mini PC fam­ily with per­pet­u­ally com­pre­hen­sive de­signs and in­no­va­tions. Smaller size, more fea­tures and per­for­mance are trans­formed in each of gen­er­a­tion. In short, the mini-PC comes as a smart so­lu­tion es­pe­cially be­cause it op­ti­mizes power con­sump­tion, while of­fer­ing tremen­dous pro­cess­ing power and con­nec­tiv­ity in a form fac­tor that is small enough to be placed any­where – whether on your desk or even within your home en­ter­tain­ment setup.

“We be­lieve that the con­cept of mini PC is a fast grow­ing trend within the In­dian tech-savvy com­mu­nity” RA­JSHEKHAR BHATT, County Man­ager, Elite­group Com­puter Sys­tems “We all can no­tice that the all around out there in in­ter­net cafes, Ed­u­ca­tional in­sti­tutes, shop­ping malls, banks, hos­pi­tals and de­part­men­tal stores are adopt­ing the new trend of mini-pc and also part­ners also fo­cus­ing on this mar­ket where the de­mands of mini-pc is com­ing from” RAVI PANDE, Sun Cor­po­ra­tion, Kan­pur “For small of­fices, mini PCs can be of great value as it has low cost of op­er­a­tions. They can also make sav­ings on the man­power. And there are in­di­vid­ual users who are tech-savvy” SU­NIL GRE­WAL, Di­rec­tor, Gi­ga­byte Tech­nol­ogy

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